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The Scarlet Letter

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Original title
Der scharlachrote Buchstabe (The Scarlet Letter)
Running time
78 min.
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Tankred Dorst, Ursula Ehler, Bernardo Fernández, Wim Wenders (Novel: Nathaniel Hawthorne)
Jürgen Knieper
Robby Müller
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Co-production Germany - West Germany (FRG)-Spain; Elías Querejeta P.C. / Filmverlag der Autoren / Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). Producer: Wim Wenders
Drama | Historical. 17th Century
Synopsis / Plot
In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older stranger arrives, recognized by Hester but unknown to others as her missing husband. He poses as Chillingworth, a doctor, watching Hester and searching out the identity of her lover. His eye soon rests on Dimmesdale, a young overwrought pastor. Enmity grows between the two men; Chillingworth applies psychological pressure, and the pastor begins to crack. A ship stops in Salem, and Hester sees it as a providential refuge for her daughter, herself, and her lover. But will Dimmesdale flee with her?
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